Helping the Elderly stay at Home
ESP Healthcare understands the importance of giving the elderly their independence in their own home. Their home is very precious to them and contains many memories. We fully understand this time can be very difficult for families as they try and make the appropriate arrangements for the well being of their loved ones. We can give your family peace of mind with our in home aged care plans which mean your parents or partner can stay in their homes safely and healthily.
Safely maintaining or enhancing independence and achieving client goals is a key objective. We can provide in home aged care i.e. personal care, domestic assistance, shopping, meal preparation, medication assistance and transportation, respite and companionship services.
This in home care for the elderly can extend into palliative care with the appropriate additional medical support.
As well as ensuring the frail are provided for and kept safe, we have staff who specialise in dementia and challenging behaviour.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a term loosely used to describe the symptoms of a large number of illnesses, which cause a progressive decline in a person’s ability to function normally. Early symptoms can include intermittent short-term memory loss, mild confusion and disorientation. It can progress into a person experiencing changes in behaviour and personality, language difficulties and spatial awareness.
A person affected by dementia may have difficulties completing their daily living activities. People with dementia can also experience changes in emotions such as apathy, tearfulness, agitation, aggression and paranoia.
The person with dementia may not necessarily be aware of the problems that are resulting from their dementia. As a result, they often reject offers of assistance from family and friends who can see the true extent of the problems.
Dementia is more common in people over the age of 65. However, people in their 30s, 40s and 50s can also develop dementia. People of this age are referred to as having younger onset dementia. The symptoms for younger people are the same as for older people, however, their symptoms can often progress more rapidly. The most important point to remember with dementia is that every person is unique and everyone will be affected differently.
At ESP Healthcare our carers are trained to recognise and manage all levels of dementia.
You can phone (02) 9818 8004 to reach ESP Healthcare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our office is open from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and after hours our on call staff are able to respond to any request or emergency.
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